Desiree van der Walt MPL
DA Limpopo Spokesperson on Local Government
The DA laid criminal charges yesterday with the Hawks (case number CAS 120/2/2013) against the provincial Cooperative Governance Department for the reportedly corrupt awarding of RDP tenders worth R900 million to Julius Malema’s allies.
MEC Clifford Motsepe played for time at yesterday’s press briefing by announcing that he has reported this matter to the Public Protector. MEC Motsepe can’t hide from the facts already on the table. The DA is most certainly pursuing its criminal case.
The Hawks must probe why these awards were made contrary to the recommendations of the Department’s own Bid Adjudication Committee. It must be established whether proper avenues to advertise these tenders were followed and what criteria was used to qualify or disqualify the bidders.
It is now public knowledge that some of the successful bidders are subject to very serious investigations by law enforcement authorities and the public protector.
It is further alleged that the bank guarantees of the other unsuccessful bidders were deliberately withheld by some officials in order to have them disqualified. If these allegations are true, then the entire process is suspect.
This entire debacle underscores the DA’s submission that the adjudication process in Limpopo, including the awarding of points must be accessible to the public. In this way, room for political meddling and corruption in these processes will be minimised. Where the DA governs successful efforts to open tender processes for public scrutiny are already being made.
We will keenly monitor how the criminal case opened by DA evolves. We will do everything in our powers to combat corruption in Limpopo.